September Branch Meeting: Optimising Digital Workflow

23rd September, 2014


This month’s branch meeting will focus on digital workflow. Our resident geek Matthew Aslett will give an illustrated demonstration of how to get those images out quickly, and how to use social media platforms to reach the widest possible audience.

We will also be discussing the forthcoming election of The Journalist magazine editor.

We are still in urgent need of a branch secretary. If you might consider standing, either on your own, or as a job-share, please contact a committee member (contact info on the Committee page of the website) or just come along to Tuesday’s meeting.

6.00pm Tuesday 30 September Headland House, 308-312 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8DP


NATO Summit, Newport, Wales

3rd September, 2014

The NUJ has issued advice to members covering this week’s NATO summit in Newport.

Guidance for NUJ members and members of IFJ and EFJ affiliated trade unions when dealing with police or private security personnel.

  • Immediately confirm you are working as a journalist. Show your press card and show that it can be verified by your personal identification number.
  • ACPO [Association of Chief Police Officers] media guidelines confirm the police have no legal power or moral responsibility to prevent or restrict what journalists record.
  • Under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) the police have no power to seize journalistic material without a court order.
  • Private security personnel on public property generally have no additional rights other than that of an ordinary citizen .
  • You can be asked to leave whilst photographing or reporting on private property; you could be arrested and charged with trespass if you refuse.

Do NOT physically resist.

If you are involved in an incident:

  • Try to film or record the conversation so that there is a record.
  • Get witness names and contact details, also badge numbers of police officers.

Police Powers
Stop and Search – Police and Criminal Evidence (PACE) Act 1984. You don’t have to give your details but it is best to cooperate. Show your press card and be prepared to have your card verified by its personal identification number. Under this Act, the police must:

  • Provide their ID, name and police station.
  • Tell you the object of proposed search.
  • Provide a search record (important in case of any later legal action).
  • Call Police Press Bureau number to help resolve local issues 0207 230 2171 (24h)
  • Call NUJ emergency number below

If Arrested
You will be taken to a police station. Police are not entitled to seize journalistic material without a court order from a judge.

  • Make sure the custody record logs your journalistic material (kit/phone/memory cards etc), protected under PACE as ʻSpecial Procedure Materialʼ. Make a note of the seal numbers on the evidence bags, ensure they are listed on the custody record.
  • You have the right to inform someone of your arrest. Police must ensure this happens swiftly

FOR  NUJ  EMERGENCY  LEGAL  ADVICE call mobile  800  587  7530 or 07967 730038 or
landline 0800 587 7530

A police press office has been set up to deal with inquiries during the NATO summit. Lens-based journalists who have difficulty gaining access to areas that are not restricted can call one of these numbers for assistance:  01633 645 761/767/777. The office will be staffed 24 hours per day from today until 11pm on Saturday, September 6.

To file and report or for further legal advice please contact NUJ legal  department on  or call 0207 843 3704 or 07921 700 352

General and media information about the summit.

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James Foley

21st August, 2014

Our thoughts are with the family, friends and colleagues of James Foley whose murder at the hands of extremists in Syria has shocked the world. There is little doubt that this crime has been deliberately staged to attract the maximum amount of fear and outrage and we do not wish to placate his killers by overstating the obvious. His life, work and beliefs have been eloquently summed up by his family whom have demonstrated immense courage throughout this ordeal which began nearly two years ago.


We urge all those considering commissions in conflict zones to consider the risks associated with such work and pay careful attention to the advice given by organisations such as the IFJ and NUJ. There are presently over 20 foreigners believed to be kidnapped in Syria alone. A further 60 journalists (most of them local) have been killed since that conflict started.


Statement by the IFJ here.

July Branch Meeting: FILLING THE DIARY

23rd July, 2014



6.00pm Tuesday 29 July, Headland House, 308-312 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8DP


Those of you who regularly hit the streets of London will have noticed branch member Peter Marshall covering pretty much every cultural and political event that our capital has to offer. Few photographers are more prolific when it comes to being everywhere at once. For this meeting Peter will explain how he fills his well-known London Diary ensuring that he knows everything that is worth knowing at any given time. A useful meeting for those of us on the look out for news events and filling our stock libraries. No photographer wants to be sat around doing nothing.


We will also be discussing and voting on important motions in support of journalists in Palestine and NUJ member Mark Thomas.

June Branch Meeting Minutes Posted

25th June, 2014

The minutes of the June branch meeting have been posted on the Members’ area of this site.  If you are a branch member, do not have access and would like it, please email

Branch Secretary Needed

25th June, 2014

The branch is functioning without a secretary and will be holding an election for the post at its next branch meeting (29th July). If you are a full member of the branch and would like to stand, please get in touch with one of the committee members (contact details on the Committee page of this site) or just come along to the meeting. It’s a chance to make a vital contribution to the branch in collaboration with other committee members. The workload isn’t great: taking the minutes at one branch meeting and one committee meeting a month, and plenty of support if you need it. Job-sharers are welcome.

May Branch Meeting: Digital Convergence & the NUJ

22nd May, 2014


Our May branch meeting, with NUJ General Secretary Michelle Stanistreet, will be an opportunity for members to discuss our rapidly evolving workplace and how the NUJ can address our needs. Members are encouraged to bring ideas for courses and maintaining standards within our profession.

6.00pm Tuesday 27 May, Headland House, 308-312 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8DP

April Branch Meeting: The Safety of Journalists

25th April, 2014

Daheih, South Beirut, Lebanon. After a night of bombing by Israe

The discussion at this month’s branch meeting will be about the intensifying violence against journalists who report on events around the world. The guest speaker is Jim Boumelha, President of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), which represents around 600,000 members in more than 134 countries.

Over the past 12 years more than 1,100 journalists and media staff have been killed in the line of duty, because someone did not like what they wrote or said, or because they were in the wrong place in the wrong time. The IFJ monitors press freedom violations and campaigns for greater safety and for a focus on the in-country journalists and freelances, who are at greatest risk and who have the least protection. It has also launched a global campaign to end violence against women journalists.

6.00pm Tuesday 29 April, Headland House, 308-312 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8DP

NUJ Surveillance & Blacklisting Campaign

27th March, 2014

As part of the campaign against blacklisting and surveillance the NUJ is asking for more members to submit subject access requests to find out what data the police have stored on journalists.

If you feel that in the course of your work you might have come under police scrutiny, or you have found yourself in front of a police camera lens, noticed an intelligence officer seeming to take interest in you, writing in their note books, or otherwise recording observations, it may be worth taking 30 minutes to fill in this form and send it off to help the NUJ expose and stop the monitoring of journalists.

More info here.

Jason Parkinson

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